Thanks to this excellent device

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Rake's Progress

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rake's Progress Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rake's Progress Libretto

Translation(s):

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Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Tom Rakewell / Nick Shadow

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone or Bass

Act:

2.18

Previous scene: Awake?
Next scene: Forgive me, master

The Rake's Progress - Opera in 3 Acts: Act II, Scene 3: Arioso-Recitative: "You! O Nick, I've...

Singer(s): John Reardon Alexander Young

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The Rake's Progress - Opera in 3 Acts: Act II, Scene 3: Arioso-Recitative: "You! O Nick, I've Had the Strangest Dream" - Duet: "Thanks to This Excellent Device" - Recitative: "Forgive Me, Master" · Igor Stravinsky / 特拉汶斯基

Stravinsky Conducts "The Rake's Progress"

℗ Originally released 1964 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Tenor: Alexander Young
Baritone: John Reardon
Librettist: W.H. Auden
Librettist: Chester Kallman
Harpsichord: Colin Tilney
Associated Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / 伦敦皇家爱乐管弦乐团 / 倫敦皇家愛樂管弦樂團
Producer: John McClure

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Duet
Thanks to this excellent device,
man shall re-enter paradise
from which he was once driven.
Secure from need, the cause of crime,
the world shall for the second time
be similar to heaven.

NICK
(Looking to the audience)
A word to all my friends,
where're you sit,
the men of sense, in boxes or the pit.
My master is a fool as you can see,
but you may do good business with me.

TOM
When, to his infinite relief,
toil, hunger, poverty, and grief
have vanished like a dream,
this engine Adam shall excite
to hallelujahs of delight
and ecstasy extreme.

NICK
(Looking to the audience)
The idle and the poor
will give good money for this toy,
be sure.
For, so it please,
there's no fantastic lie
you can not make
men swallow if you try.

TOM
Omnipotent when armed with this,
in secular abundant bliss...
He'll ascend to win
the throne of nature and begin
his everlasting reign.

NICK
(Looking to the audience)
So, know your proper interest.
Here's your chance. Invest!.
Come, friends, praise the folly
that pays dividends.

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